Saint James Students Create Prize-Winning Polish Nativity Scenes

This past weekend, Saint James School 6th graders (and some 7th graders) entered the beautiful Polish Nativity Castles (“Szopka”) they have been working on for their religion studies into a contest sponsored by the Polish Cultural Club in Hartford.  Students, with much guidance from middle school teacher Ms. Oleasz, put a lot of time and effort into making these beautiful palaces depicting the Holy Family and Baby Jesus.

We are excited to announce that Saint James students won first, second, and third place as well as six honorable mentions!  Congratulations to all the students on their beautiful creations and many thanks to Ms. Oleasz for her time and dedication to this project.

Please be sure to visit the St. James Church hall following all masses this weekend to view these beautiful creations. The winners are as follows:

1st Place:  7th graders Angela Gerard & Hannah Trybulski

1st Place







2nd Place:  6th graders Rachel Donnelly & Alexis Jablonecki

Tie for 3rd Place:  6th graders Peyton Carpenter & Conor Bernier;  Michael Reilly & Thomas Melia

Honorable Mentions went to: Kevin Zaluda;  Nick Guenther, Matt Bulger & AJ Bushnell;  Ajay Ganesh & Sam Famiglietti;  Catharine Marek & Emma St. Jean; Lillian Bluestein;  Soraya Chanterelle & Alice Tyszka.

Below are additional pictures of SJS students with their castles (click to view whole image)

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Important Notice

Yesterday afternoon we received word of two additional positive cases of Covid-19 among individuals in our school. Since it is clear this virus is still out there in our communities (in addition to a few others that are currently going around) paying attention to your children’s health and erring on the side of caution needs […]

Winter Uniform Reminder

As a reminder, the Winter Uniform for K-8 students begins Monday, November 1st. This means students may no longer wear shorts to school, girls must wear navy tights or navy knee-high socks with their skorts, and Middle School boys must wear their SJS Uniform button-down shirt and a tie on non-gym days.

12:05pm Dismissal Day Next Friday

Saint James School will have a 12:05pm dismissal day next Friday, October 29th as our faculty will be participating in an afternoon of professional development.  Students going to aftercare on this day will need to bring a lunch from home.

K-8 $1.00 Dress Down Next Friday

In keeping with the fun spirit of Halloween, K-8 students and staff may pay $1.00 to come to school in Fall/Halloween color dress down attire on Friday, October 29th.

Money collected from the dress down day will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association in support of families in our community impacted by this terrible disease.

Dress down attire must be black, orange, white, green, and/or purple.  NO masks, NO costumes, NO face paint, NO colored hair.

 As a reminder, here are the dress down guidelines from our handbook:

  • Clothing must not have indecent writing or pictures, inappropriate slogans or advertisements.
  • Revealing clothing, including short shorts, halter tops, half shirts, tank tops, and see-through tops, are not allowed.
  • Leggings are not allowed (unless the student is wearing a long shirt that comes down to mid-thigh)
  • Waistbands must not sag below the waist. Pants legs must not drag on the floor.
  • High heels, platform shoes, flip-flops, open-toe sandals, and shoes with no backs are not allowed.
  • Clothing must not be torn, ragged, or have holes.


Congrats SJS Cross Country & Remaining Schedule

Fall Fun

Today we spotted our Pre-K4 cuties having a leaf hunt (lots of different colors and shapes!) and Mrs. Gangloff’s Kindergartners using nature to draw self-portraits. This weather is perfect for being outside for some Fall Fun! Great job Sabers!

St. James Street Parking

If you park on St. James Street, PLEASE do not park within 25 feet of the stop sign and please be courteous as to how you park so that traffic can get through – i.e. only park on the left side of the street.  We received another compliant about parents parking on St. James Street and creating a safety issue for residents that use the street – particularly at the time of afternoon dismissal. If you can’t find a legal spot on a side street, please use the church lot which has plenty of room.

Thank you again for your support and attention to this.

Last Day to RSVP: SJS Trunk-or-Treat!

The Home & School Association invites all Saint James School families to join us for Trunk-or-Treat on Saturday, October 30, 2021, from 2 – 3 pm in the School Parking Lot!  Please see this flyer for all the exciting details:  2021 Trunk or Treat

You can RSVP for the event here:

We can’t wait to see everyone in their costumes for a fun afternoon!

Reminder: ECHS Open House Next Week

Parents interested in learning more about East Catholic for their student(s) are invited to attend the school’s upcoming Open House event on Thursday, October 28th at 6:45pm or call ECHS to schedule a private tour.  You can register for East Catholic’s Open House here: Open House Registration

The East Catholic Entrance Exam for current 8th grade students will be held on Saturday, October 30 and on Saturday, November 13.  The exam begins at 8:30am.  You can register your student to take the exam here: Entrance Exam Registration.

Important Notice

Today we were made aware of two additional positive cases of Covid-19 among individuals in our school community.  These new cases are completely unrelated to each other, and unrelated to the two cases from last week.  While it was inevitable that we would have some Covid cases in our school community, having several independent cases within a week of each other is a good reminder that this virus is still out there and impacting families.  We are extremely grateful to parents for continuing to conduct those important health assessments each day before school and erring on the side of caution when it comes to illness.  Please know those efforts are making a difference.

As is our policy, if your child was impacted due to a direct exposure and needs to quarantine, you have ALREADY received a personal phone call from Mrs. Zorger (Principal) or our school nurse, Mrs. Vignati to discuss the situation.  If your child was in a classroom with a positive case, you received a separate email notification from the school earlier today.  For all other families, please continue to be vigilant and reach out to either Mrs. Zorger or Mrs. Vignati with any questions.